Blue Atlas browning needles

YummycarpApril 15, 2012

My 18 foot blue atlas cedar is getting more and more brown needles. I think it is slowly dying like one I had die 3 years ago. I don't see any bugs on it. I did see evidence of bug holes so i took a knife to investigate but did not find any eggs or bug evidence other than the holes. The trunk has a strange split at the bottom but it looks old and not new. I have included some pictures and am asking for advice on what to do. I gave it water and some some Bayer feed and bug pellets.

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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

where are you??? what zone ...

oops.. welcome to GW and the conifer forum ...

how big was this 18 footer 3 years ago when you planted it ...

and if you pull back the mulch.. can you see the root/trunk interface???


    Bookmark   April 15, 2012 at 6:54PM
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I'm in Zone 7b, Alpharetta GA.

I added 5 more pictures.

It was planted about 5 years ago and growing about 12" a year. It is located on a slight slope so no sitting water. The soil is somewhat sandy around the trunk. I have 2 drip nozzles about 6" from the trunk. Both are 2gal drip nozzles. I haven't started a regular watering schedule yet but so far I have run it about once per week for 2 weeks. We have not much rain this spring yet.

Maybe it's normal for the needles to turn brown but I don't recall seeing it before. I have a few smaller blue atlas and they look much healthier with many new sprouts.


    Bookmark   April 16, 2012 at 10:30AM
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Cedar will sometimes draw the life out of its old needles in order to have more energy for sprouting new growth in early Spring.

Good luck!

    Bookmark   April 16, 2012 at 11:13AM
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jean001a(Portland OR 7b)

Image #2 shows entering the ground like a telephone pole -- planted too deep

Image #6 shows a bulge at the left. It's a good bet a girdling root is just beneath the bulge.

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   April 16, 2012 at 12:23PM
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